drkilmer (35) - Myersville, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle. Very nice alcohol laden aroma. A bit too malty sweet for my taste, but nice. Undertones of toffee, butter and cherry. dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Moderate sweetness with obvious alcohol. It’s less refined than some I’ve had. The alcohol doesn’t blend in as well as some of it’s competitors. A good brew, but not the best. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Small quickly diminishing head. Nice appearance, clear redish brown. Aroma shows English Style with light hops. Big on the malt with aroma of caramel, raisins and prunes. Good full body. Flavor is moderately sweet and balances with light bitterness and alcohol warmth on finish. crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2004
although oak,hops and alcohol were present this beer wasway too sweet for me taste. Appearance wise it was near perfect deep amber color amost brown with a tan head which could have had better lacing. the first barley wine i had on tap.
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) This barleywine is just too sugary sweet, rather than malty sweet, and lacks a quality maltiness necessary to dilute the cheap sweetness; Only mildly bitter to boot; The palate is sweet and somewhat cloying; Sweet, sugary nose has some mild malt aromas, but it’s mostly just cheap and sugary; Dark amber color with moderately sized sediment suspended in the beer; Tan head fades to a ring; Not a fan of this beer, but I’ll attempt to reacquire this for a retry on a night when I don’t sample 23 barleywines!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Bottle. Opaqe brown with amber hightlights when held to light, minimal head and little lacing. Wonderful sweet malty aroma with lots of spice, brown sugar, dark dried fruits and hops. Good flavor - this stood out for me in the midst of several other BW’s in a tasting. Spicy, dark roasted malts, nice balancing hoppiness with an alcohol edge. Good, thick smooth body with creamy carbonation. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, sampled at San Diego Barley Wine Tasting courtesy of SDbruboy 7/24/04. Pours a burnt orange-red-brown color. Smoky caramel with rich berry aroma. Some bitter hops and spice in the nose. Very full, smooth and silky body. Sweetly malty, but sort of weak flavor, surprising because of the big body and good aroma. Still pretty good, but if the flavor were better it would take this beer over the top. In retrospect, I’m kind of surprised I was high enough on this beer to give it a 3.9 overall rating, but I stand by my score until I prove to myself it deserves otherwise. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2004
Brownish orange pour with no head. Very malty aroma with scents of alcohol. Flavor is a thick, alcoholic, and sweet malt. Not much bitterness in the end, but definitely a warming sensation. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Brown with very little head. Aroma of sweet malt, raisins and alcohol. Flavor
is malty sweet, but not overwhelmingly so with hints of dark fruit and finishing with an alcoholic bite. Full mouth-feel. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Bottle. Dark amber with minimal head. Nose is sweet and fruity. First flavors to come out are dried apple, alcohol, woody, raisin, and malt. This is very, very good. Super smooth (the 11% ABV is well masked) and clean. The finish is a little sweet and sharp with a warm alcohol bite. Overall very, very enjoyable. Excellent!